The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz, Astrud and João Gilberto

Posted: January 14th, 2013 in life, music
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Uploaded on Mar 2, 2010

Originally from the 1964 verve album “Getz/Gilberto” featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim & Astrud Gilberto.

Stanley Gayetzky or Stanley Gayetsky (born February 2, 1927 June 6, 1991), usually known by his stage name Stan Getz, was an American jazz saxophone player. Getz was known as “The Sound” because of his warm, lyrical tone, his prime influence being the wispy, mellow tone of his idol, Lester Young

João Gilberto (born João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira on June 10, 1931 in Juazeiro, Bahia) is a Grammy Award-winning Brazilian singer and guitarist. He is credited with having created the bossa nova beat and is known as the “Father of Bossa Nova.” His seminal recordings, including many songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, established the new musical genre in the late 1950s.

Astrud Gilberto (born March 29, 1940) is a Brazilian singer best known for her samba and bossa nova music, most famously as the vocalist on the Grammy Award-winning song “The Girl from Ipanema”.

Astrud Gilberto was born as Astrud Weinert, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a German father, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, and was raised in Rio de Janeiro. In 1959, she married João Gilberto, later emigrating to the United States in 1963. They eventually divorced in the mid-1960s.

She sang on the influential album Getz/Gilberto featuring João Gilberto, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. She had never performed professionally, and sang on the recordings at the suggestion of her (then) husband, João Gilberto.

Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro December 8, 1994 in New York), also known as Tom Jobim, was a Grammy Award-winning Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. A primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally.

Been playing this a lot lately, along with many other favorite songs to help alleviate the emotional pain running amok through my mind. It hurts… and some of it… the things I was compelled to do and especially the resultant messages… will haunt me for many, many years to come. There is no doubt. It is disturbing that this distress does not seem to be reciprocal in even the slightest way, but that is expected as, sadly, it is the nature of the affliction. Horrible.

Soothing, graceful songs like this one instill a calming effect, lots of old favorites from my youth do also, it seems the only way and it is working more and more with each play. Slow going, but going!
A few of these tunes can be found here at WATT by typing ‘music’ into the site search field on the left.

Science has found that music is embedded quite deeply in our genes (a good thing!) and it does help to listen. Seem to need a lot of it, though and non-stop to boot. Not a problem. WFUV is always on of late, even in my sleep (just in case).

Oh, yeah, if you like, here’s a link to Astrud Gilberto’s website.

I will learn to be at peace, to forgive, to cope.



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